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FORTIETH 



ANNUAL REPORT 



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WITH AN 



ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



ANNUAL MEETING, 8th MAY, 1871. ^ 



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TORONTO : 



1871. 



FORTIETH 

ANNUAL REPORT, 



OF THE 



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WITH AN 



ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS 



OF THE 



ANNUAL MEETING, 8th MAY, 1871. 



TORONTO : 

LEADER PRINTING OFFICE, 63 KING STREET EAST. 
1871. 



OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES FOR THE YEARS 1871-72. 



President Matthew Sweetnam. 

1st Vice-President Thomas DavisonI 

2nd Vice-President.... John Fensom. 
Treasurer....... John Hallam. 



FINANCE COMMITTEE : 
John Hallam, Chairman. 
John Shanklin. 
Thomas Davison. 
Gid. Robertson. 
Robert Flint. 
A. T. Houel. 
John Fensom. 



F. H. Medcalf. 
J. Nixon. 



LIBRARY COMMITTEE 
J Nixon, Chairman. 
Thomas Maclear. 
W. C. Morrison. 
Donald Fraser. 
N. L. Steiner. 
Alex. Wills. 
John Hallam. 



LECTURE COMMITTEE: 

Thomas Maclear, Chairman. 
Alex. Wills. 
Donald Gibson. 



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TORONTO MECHANICS' INSTITUTE, 



ANNUAL MEETING, 1871. 



May 8th, 1871. 

The Annual Meeting of members was 
held in the Lecture Room this evening, 
the 2nd Vice-President in the chair. 
The minutes of the previous meeting 
were read and approved. 

The annual Report was then read by 
the Secretary, and, on the motion of Mr. 
Spry, seconded by Mr. W. Lee, that the 
report be received and adopted. Mr. 
J. J. Withrow moved, seconded by Mr. 
Shanklin, that the report as now pre- 
sented be not received, but be referred 
back with instructions to embody in 
the report an account of the change 
in the personnel of the Board and rea- 
son for such change. On being put to 
the vote the latter motion was carried. 
The meeting then adjourned until the 
following Monday. 

May 15th. 

The Meeting adjourned on May 8th 
was held this evening, Mr Fensom, 2nd 
Vice-President, in the chair. 

The Secretary read the Annual Report 
as amended, according to the resolution 
passed at the previous meeting of mem- 
bers, May 8th. On the the motion of 
Mr. J. J. Withrow, seconded by Mr. Davi- 
son, the report was received and adopted. 

Moved by Mr. Sheppard, seconded 
by Mr. McCrosson, that all the words 
after " attending the classes" be struck 
out in the section regarding evening 
classes. This motion was lost. 

Moved by Mr. J. J. Withrow, second- 
ed by Mr. T. Davison, that in conse- 



quence of the errors in the nomination 
list and the neglect to present a proper 
constitutional list, that the Provisional 
Board be requested to prepare a nomina- 
tion list and that it be filled up in a con- 
stitutional manner. This motion on 
being put to the vote was carried. 

On the motion of Mr. J. J. Withrow, 
seconded by Mr. Davison, the meeting 
adjourned sine die. 

July 7th, 1871. 

The Meeting adjourned May 15th was 
held this evening for election of officers. 
Mr. F. H. Medcalf in the chair. 

On the motion of Mr. McCrosson, 
seconded by Mr. Maclear, Messrs. Bade- 
nach Crawford and Foster were appoint- 
ed scrutineers of the ballot. 

The Chairman declared Mr. Sweet- 
nam elected as President for the ensuing 
year, there being no opposition. 

The scrutineers reported the following 
officers elected : — 

Thos. Davison, 1st Vice-President. 
John Fensom, 2nd do- do. 
John Hall am, Treasurar. 
DIRECTORS. 
Donald Gibson, A. T. Houel, 
F. H. Medcalf, W. C. Morrison, 
Alex. Wills, Jr., Thos. Maclear, 
Donald Fraser, Sr. John Shanklin, 
Robert Flint, G. Robertson, 

J. B. Nixon. N. L. Steiner. 

The meeting adjourned. 

SAMUEL BRODIE, 

Secretary. 



ANNUAL REPORT, 1871 



Mr. S. Brodie, Secretary, read the an- 
nual report of the Directors, as follows : — 

The Directors of the Toronto Mechanics' 
Institute, beg leave to present their report 
for the year ending May 1st, 1871, being 
the forty-first year of the existence of this 
institution. 

During the year a change occured in the 
personnel of the Board of Directors, under 
the following circumstances : — A. resolution 
was passed at a meeting of the Board held 
on the 6th January, 1871, dispensing with 
the services of the Secretary, alter the ex- 
piration of his years services [Feb. 4thJ. On 
the evening of January 19th, a special meet- 
ing of the members was held pursuant to a 
requisition signed by twenty-four of the 
members, to take into consideration the re- 
solution passed by the Board of Directors, 
and the propriety of calling upon them to 
withdiaw and cancel the said resolution. 
At this meeting the following resolution 
was adopted on the motion of Mr Bunting, 
seconded by Mr. W. S. Smart, " That in the 
opinion of this meeting the proposed dis- 
missal of Mr. Brodie, the Secretary, by the 
Board of Directors, is not desirable at pre- 
sent, and that the Directors be, and are 
hereby requested to rescind the resolution 
parsed at the last meeting of the Board dis- 
missing the Secretary, and further, that it 
is the opinion of this meeting that Mr. Bro- 
die has discharged his duties as satisfacto- 
rily as could reasonably be expected con- 
sidering his very recent appointment." The 
Board of Directors d'd not deem it proper 
to take any action upon this until the Regu- 
lar Quarterly Meeting which was held on 
February the 15th, the Secretary being in 
the meantime retained in the service of the 
Institute. At this meeting the following 
resolution was carried on the motion of Mr. 
Graham, seconded by Mr. Brunskill— " That 
this meeting appoints a committee of five to 
confer with the Directors upon the subject 
of their resolution passed at last meeting, 



and to investigate the books of the Institute 
and the conduct of his duties by the Secre- 
tary, and to report thereon at the next 
meeting of the Institute, to consist of Messr3 
Clark, Murray, Arthurs, Boyd and Bunt- 
ing." Messrs. Davison, McCrosson, Ed- 
wards, Hamilton, Marston, Jones, Walton, 
Taylor, Sheppard, and Withrow, considering 
this reflected upon their conduct, presented 
their resignations and subsequently Messrs. 
McOlennan and Gurney retired, net how- 
ever until after Messrs. Lewis, Bigelow, 
Morrison, Sweetnam, Fensom, Graham, 
Ridout, Turner, Bunting, McMaster and 
Medcalf had been elected to fill the vacancies 
Messrs. Frazer and Steiner were subsequent- 
ly added. 

THE MEMBERSHIP. 

At the date of the last annual report 
the number of members returned 
was 1,160 

From which deduct for deaths, re- 
movals and withdrawals 596 

Leaving 564 

New members and subscribers ad- 
mitted . . . . , 400 

Total 964 

Classified thus : — 

Life members 76 

Honorary members 13 

Members 555 

Subscribers 319 



Showing a decrease of 196 members during 
the year. 

THE FINANCES. 

A detailed statement of the receipts and 
expenditure of the vear compared with the 
previous year will be found in appendix A, 
Irom which it will be observed that the 

Total receipts were $7,264 83 

Total expenditure 7,2©1 31 

Leaving balance cash on hand $63 52 



The net receipts of 1869-70 were, 
after deducting cash on hind 
at beginning of the year and 
the amount due Treasurer. .$6,520 45 

And the net receipts for 1870-71, 
after deducting- amount due 
the late Treasurer, were 7,128 04 

Showing an increase in the receipts of 
$607 59. At the date of the last annual 
report the floating liabilities and amount 
due the Treasurer were $2,916 45. At. the 
present time they amount to $2,609 97, 
showing a reduction cf $306 48. 

In preparing the statement of assets only 
one half the amount of members subscrio 
tions remaining unpaid since the first of 
February was taken in account, which is 
a much smaller amount than was included 
in the calculation of last year. 

Under these circumstances your Directors 
have every reason to believe that the affairs 
of the Institute are in a better financial con- 
dition than at the date of their last report. 
For a statement of assets and liabilities see 
appendix B. 

LIBRARY AND READING-ROOM. 

Your Directors have done as much as lay 
in their power to keep the library and read 
ing-room in an efficient state. The thaniis 
ot the Institute are due to a large number 
of publishers for their liberality in con- 
tinuing to furnish the reading-room with 
their periodicals free of charge. 

The number of books in the library 
at the date of the last annual report 

was 7,794 

Added during the year 261 

Bound up from the Reading-room. ... 48 



8,103 
Lost and worn out during the year. . . 284 

Present total 7,819 



Vols, in Lib. Tssued. 

1870. 1871. 187'. 1871. 

Biography 613 620 882 600 

History 773 760 892 590 

Mi~cel aneous 617 640 1/74 955 

Fiction 2,302 2,228 16,526 15,987 

Poetry and the drama... 259 250 600 43f> 

Periodical literature. ..1,212 1,280 2,963 2,640 

Science and art. .. 612 620 720 669 

Religous literature ... 1S4 181 263 189 

Voyages and travels.... 520 .V2G 93 i 870 

Illastr^ed work3 234 240 

Library of relerence .... 460 470 

Total 7,736 7,809 24,564 23,980 



EVENING CLASSES. 

The classes during the year have been 
conducted with their usual efficiency. There 
has however beeu a decrease of 108 in the 
number of pupils attending the classes, and 
of |126 69 in the receipts arising therefrom, 
rot including the grant from the Northern 
Railway Company. 

Amount from pupils, &c. . . ., $625 60 

Amount paid Teachers, &c 550 18 

Showing a gain to the Institute . . $75 42 

"Your directors, believing it their duty 
to continue this very important depart- 
ment, would strongly urge upon their 
successors the propriety of keeping the 
fees of pupils as low as possible, so as to 
afford persons of limited means every 
facility for improvement. 

NUMBER OF PUPILS. 

1869 70. 1870-71 

Book-keeping and penman- 
ship, Mr. Samuel Clare.. 107 

Arithmetic and mathemat- 
ics, Mr. Samuel McAlister. 44 

Architectural and mechani- 
cal drawing, Mr. William 
Gremmel... 37 

Ornamental drawing, Mr. R. 
Baigent 37 

French, Mons. E. Pernet. . . 26 

English grammar and com- 
position, Mr. R. Lewis... 38 

Chemistry, Dr. May 12 

Elocution, Mr. Richard 
Lewis 25 



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30 

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The usual examinations were held, and 
the distribution of prizes awarded to suc- 
cessful pupils took place on the 19th April. 
Hon. Geoige Brown presided, and together 
with Prof. Wilson, Dr. Connon and Prof. 
Buckland, pr-sented the prizes. Once more 
the directors have to acknowledge the con- 
tinued liberality of the Northern Railway 
Company of Canada, and the generous 
support extended by its managing director, 
Mr. Cumberland, to the institution. 

LECTURES AND ENTERTAINMENTS. 

During the year with a view of introduc- 
ing popular scientific lectures Dr.Machattie, 
of London, delivered two lectures. 

Mr. George Vandenhoff, the popular 
reader of New York, gave three readings 



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under the auspices of the Institute. 
The receipts from Entertainments 

were $287 25 

Expenditure 128 87 

Showing a gain of $158 38 

It it is considered desirable to have a 
series of lectures under the auspices of the 
Institute it will become necessary to affili- 
ated with the Lecture Bureaus of the 
Western and Eastern States as nearly all 
public lecturers are members of one or 
other of these associations. 

CONCLUSION. 

Tour directors have long felt that it was 
highly desirable that the mechanics of this 
city should take a much warmer interest in 
the management of this Institute than they 
have done, and with this object in view 
circulars were issued inciting delegates 



from the various workshops and factories 
to meet your Board for consultation. The 
meeting was held in the lecture room on 
Saturday, the 22nd April, and your Board 
are gratified to be able to report that they 
have every reason to believe that the object 
they had in view will yet be accomplished. 

Your directors would also strongly urge 
upon their successors the advisability of 
taking some decided action towards the 
reduction of the debt before entering upon 
any new enterprise. 

In conclusion we have to report chat all 
the officers of the Institution have perform* 
ed their duties to the satisfaction of your 
Board of .Directors. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 
JOHN TURNER, 

President. 

SAML. BRODIE, 
Secretary. 



APPENDIX A. 

Balance Sheet, Toronto Mechanics' Institute, 30th April, 1871. 



ASSETS. 

Real Estate.. $50,000 00 

" Adelaide Street 5,800 00 

Library and Furniture 7,900 00 

Debts and Members Subscrip- 
tions due „._ 227 26 

Rents due 94 76 

Cash on hand 63 52 



$64,085 54 



LIABILITIES. 

Mortgage due University $18,400 00 

11 " A. Stewart 4,000 00 

« ll R. Stewart 1,000 00 

Sundry Liabilities 2,609 97 

Balance 38,075 57 



$64,085 54 



APPENDIX B. 

Receipts and Expenditure, of Toronto Mechanics' Institute jor the year ending 

30th April, 1871. 



RECEIPTS. 

1871. 
Cash on hand 

Old Members and Subscribers. . . $1,016 50 

New do. do. 738 30 

Rents.... 4,002 72 

Class Fees and Requisites 624 80 

Legislative Grant 200 00 

Northern R.R. Grant 100 00 

Entertainments 287 25 

Fines . , 68 62 

Old Newspapers sold .. . 20 42 

Lt.-Gov.'s Donation 20 00 

Philosophical Apparatus 45 00 

Advertising, &c, for Teachers . . 4 43 

Balance due to late Treasurer.. 136 79 



$7,264 83 



EXPENDITURE. 

1871. 

Secretary and Librarian $598 35 

Assistant " . 273 03 

Housekeeper*. .... 499 98 

« Assistant 166 95 

University Interest on Mortgage. 552 00 

R. Stewart " * 80 00 

A. Stewart « 320 00 

Interest on Discounts 49 14 

Postage , 49 89 

Fuel 588 68 

Gas, Oil, &c 1,005 01 

Water 120 00 

Blank Books and Office Station- 
ery-. 15 26 

Binding Books 264 29 

Insurance 121 20 

Classes 713 17 

Newspapers and Magazines.... 180 37 

Repairs and Furnishing 288 82 

New Books v .: 304 95 

Entertainments \ . . 64 72 

Printing 112 49 

Mechanics' Institute Association. 10 00 

Bills Payable 600 00 

Office and Housekeeper's requi- 
sites 24 09 

W . Edwards' balance due 198 92 

Balance on hand .'. 63 52 



$7,264 83 



We have examined the payments made by the Librarian and have had 
shewn to us vouchers corresponding with the amounts charged in his books. 



Toronto, 8th May, 1871. 



THOS. D. HARRIS, ) 
ROBERT MAITLAND, f 



Auditors. 



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APPENDIX C. 

Return showing the Newspapers, Magazines, &c. y with which the Reading Room 

is supplied. 



BRTTISH NEWSPAPERS. 

Athenaeum. 

Army and Navy Gazette, 
Builder, (London.) 
Dublin Warder. 
Dublin Freeman. 
Economist, (London.) 
Edinburgh Scotchman. 
European Mail. 
Glasgow Herald. 
Illustrated London News. 
« " Times. 

Manchester Courier, 
Punch. 

Public Opinion, (London.) 
Saturday Review. 
The Times. 
Watchman, (London.) 
Standard, (London.) 

BRITISH MAGAZINES. 

Art Journal. 
Argosy, 

Army List. 

* All the Year Round. 

* Belgravia. 

* Blackwood's Magazine. 

* Chamber's Journal. 

* Cornhill Magazine. 
Dublin University Magazine. 
Dublin Quarterly Review. 

* Edinburgh Review. 
Fraser's Magazine. 
Fortnightly Review. 
Good Words. 
London Society. 
Macmillan's Magazine. 
Mechanics' Magazine. 
Navy List. 

British Quarterly Review. 

* London Quarterly Review. 

* Temple Bar. 

* Westminister Review. 
Contemporary " 

AMERICAN. 

Atlantic Monthly. 
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser. 
Harper's Monthly Magazine. 
Little's Living Age. 
Harper's Weekly. 

• Extra 



New York Daily Herald. 

" " Tribune. 

" Shipping List, 

u Independent. 
Chicago Tribune. 
Scientific American. 
Godey's Lady Book. 

CANADIAN. 

Canadian Builder. 
Canada Farmer. 
Canada Law Journal. 
Hamilton Spectator. 
Halifax Citizen. 
Illustrated Canadian News. 
Kingston News. 
London Herald. 
London Advertiser. 
Montreal News. 
Monetary Times, Toronto. 
Montreal Herald. 
Toronto Globe, (2 copies.) 
Toronto Leader " 
Toronto Telegraph, 
Quebec Chronicle. 
Volunteer Review. 

The Institute is under obligations to those 
who have gratuitously furnished the follow- 
ing Periodicals during the year : 

Barrie Advance by the Publishers, 

Brantford Courier " 

11 Expositor « 

British Canadian, (Port 

Hope ..... 

British Canadian, (Sarnia) 

Bruce Review 

Bruce Reporter. - 

Canadian Baptist 

" Champion 

" Home Journal. 

u Journal...... 

(St. Thomas.) 

Canada Gazette 

Christian Guardian - 

" Journal 

Collingwood Enterprise , . 

Cornwall Freeholder 

Dundas True Banner. . . . 

Dumfrie's Reformer, Dr. Roseburgh. 

Guelph Advertiser by the Publishers. 

copies taken for circulation. 



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Return showing the Newspapers, Magazines, dfcc, with which the Beading Room 

is supplied. — (Continued.) 



Goderich Star by 


the Publishers. 


Port Hope Times by the Publishers 


Hamilton Times 


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Peterborough Review 


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Huron Signal 


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Paisley Advocate 

People's Journal, (Toronto.) 
Stratford Beacon 


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Ingersoll News 


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Simcoe News 


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Waterloo Chronicle 


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Walkerton Telescope . . 


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Mitchell Advocate 


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Welland County Telegraph 


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Manitoba News Letter 


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Whitby Chronicle .... 


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Owen Sound Times 


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York Herald 


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Owen Sound Advertiser . . 


Upper Canada Law Journal 


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Ottawa Citizen 


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Ottawa Free Press 


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Disii Covers 

Bread 
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Cruets, 







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Wringers 

Iron 
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Grates. 

Fire Irons. 



MOULDERS, CARPENTERS AND MACHINISTS' 



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